When it comes to weeknight dinner, I like it healthy, quick, easy and with minimal cleanup. And of course, super flavorful. Today I’m sharing twenty one healthy one-pan dinner ideas that are just that! Ready in 20 minutes or less these easy dinner recipes don’t sacrifice flavor and use healthy everyday ingredients that you probably have at home.
Some of these one-pan meals rely on leftovers like chicken, quinoa or rice, which is perfect because it can help you to reduce food waste AND to save money. From easy vegetarian dinners to healthy one-pan recipes with chicken or ground beef, you’ll find everything you need in this collection of quick healthy dinners.
20-Minute Healthy One-Pan Dinner Ideas
1. Mediterranean Chicken Dinner Skillet
This Mediterranean chicken recipe might not win beauty awards, but once you try it you will want to make it again and again and again and again…It’s healthy, full of fresh vegetables like tomatoes, eggplant and spinach, with lots of garlic and feta cheese. Enjoy that with some crusty bread and your taste buds (and your entire body) will be happy!
2. Ground Beef and Mushrooms
If you’ve got 15 minutes, a bunch of white button mushrooms and ground beef, you must make this super tasty, quick and easy dinner. All you have to do is stir the ground beef with mushrooms, zucchini, garlic and some other healthy ingredients and then enjoy it. This one-pan dinner is low carb, dairy-free and gluten free.
3. 15-Minute Garlic Shrimp In Tomato Sauce
This is definitely one of my go-to healthy one-pan meals to make when I have some shrimp in the freezer. This quick dinner is only five ingredients: fresh tomatoes, dill, olive oil, garlic and shrimp and it’s SO so good. Did I mention you can make it in 15 minutes? Yes, 15. Serve with bread, roasted vegetables like broccoli (I usually do that) or rice.
4. Creamy Keto Chicken And Vegetables
Even if you’re not following a keto or low carb diet, you are going to love how easy and delicious this healthy one-pan chicken dinner is! It’s creamy, flavorful and super satisfying. With lots of vegetables, you won’t even need something on the side.
5. Spicy Cauliflower Rice With Turkey
“Cauliflower rice sucks” was my opinion about something I had never tried for years. Then one day, I ended up with a whole huge head of cauliflower and turning it into “rice” didn’t seem like such a bad idea. Turns out it’s SO wonderful. While it doesn’t quite taste like rice, cauliflower rice really soaks up the flavors you want it to.
This cauliflower rice dinner recipe is made with garlic, peppers, ground turkey and beautiful spices and it’s super, super tasty. Like you will actually want to eat it every single day of the week. The meal is ready in about 20 minutes.
6. 10-Minute One-Pan Macaroni And Chicken
Turn leftover chicken into an amazingly tasty dinner with this yummy 10-minute pasta recipe! You will need chicken, tomatoes, garlic, cheese and dill. Super comforting, yet very healthy too and your kids will love it as well. Use gluten free pasta to make this recipe gluten-free.
7. One-Pan Ground Beef and Quinoa Dinner
Very similar to fried rice, this tasty easy weeknight meal is made with cooked quinoa, broccoli, spinach and ground beef. You can actually use any type of minced meat you enjoy here. Tofu might work too for an easy vegan option. It’s very flavorful and ready in about 20 minutes.
8. 15-Minute Pesto Chicken Cauliflower Rice
If you love pesto as much as I do, you need to make this cheesy low carb recipe. It’s comforting, full of flavor and rich in protein. Use cooked chicken to speed things up and the one-pan dish will be ready in 15 minutes.
9. Shrimp and Zucchini In Garlic Sauce
Shrimp, zucchini, tomatoes and garlic are some of the ingredients you will need for this delicious healthy meal.
10. Vegan Cabbage Tofu Stir-Fry
If you’re looking for meatless dinner options that are high in protein and full of deliciousness, this is the one for you. Use up the cabbage you bought last week, garlic, tofu and some tamari sauce and make this tasty vegan stir-fry.
11. Vegetarian One-Pan Mediterranean Chickpea Dinner
Made with canned chickpeas, feta, garlic and vegetables this simple one-pan dinner is loaded with Mediterranean flavors and super easy to put together. You’ll love the taste and how low effort this recipe is.
12. Quinoa Chicken Fried “Rice”
No more takeout, make this healthier version of chicken fried rice at home. It’s made with cooked quinoa, but any other cooked grain will work for this absolutely amazing recipe. This is one of my go-to dinners, given that I don’t repeat meals often I’ve been making a version of this meal at least once a week for years now. It is so good!
13. 15-Minute Garlic Shrimp and Broccoli
Shrimp, broccoli and cream cheese are the main ingredients in this delicious low carb dinner idea. The meal tastes creamy, satisfying and is perfect when you’re short on time.
14. HEALTHY One-Pan Chicken Egg Roll In A Bowl
You’ve probably already heard of the concept of “egg roll in a bowl”. It’s basically a healthier, deconstructed version of an actual egg roll – without the deep-fried wrappers. This healthy one-pan dish is basically the filling of an egg roll, but with chicken and it’s satisfying, easy and quick.
15. One-Pan Spicy Chicken and Chickpea Dinner Skillet
Since discovering chickpeas years and years ago, I’ve always wondered what chickpeas + chicken would taste like…I thought it would be great, but I just wasn’t sure. Well, the answer is: AMAZING. They taste amazing together. At least when prepared like in this recipe. Packed with protein, flavor, vitamins and minerals this simple 15-minute dinner is the best thing you can do on busy weeknights when you don’t have too many veggies in your fridge.
16. Vegetarian Cauliflower Fried Rice
Another amazing way to use cauliflower rice! This is basically a no-brainer when you’ve got cauliflower rice at home. Add a few eggs, some garlic, carrots and tamari sauce and turn that cauliflower into the most wonderful meal ever.
17. 15-Minute Spicy Shrimp and Quinoa
The ingredients you’ll need for this easy 15-minute dish include cooked quinoa, shrimp, zucchini and tomatoes. It doesn’t sound like much, but you are going to love this fabulous healthy quinoa recipe!
18. Korean Ground Beef
Whip this Korean ground beef recipe in no time with minimal ingredients! Then serve with cooked rice, some avocado, cilantro and thinly chopped scallions. So, SO good and great for meal prep too!
19. One-Pan Garlic Squid Dinner
Is it calamari, is it squid? The proper name of this meal is still a mystery to me, but the taste isn’t: it’s amazing. Cooked with tomato paste, lemon juice, garlic and dried herbs this meal is full of flavor, healthy and packed with protein.
20. One-Pan Garlic Shrimp Stir-Fry
Shrimp, green beans, tamari sauce, broccoli and garlic are some of the ingredients you’ll need in order to make this tasty and healthy stir-fry for dinner. It’s simple, quick and tastes fabulous!
21. Ground Beef and Cabbage Dinner
Meals like this are the reason after all these years I actually love, love cabbage. It has been a no thanks vegetable for me for the first over 30 years of my life…Not anymore. This simple healthy one-pan recipe with cabbage and ground beef is the reason why I now want to grow cabbage at home. Try it! The recipe is low carb, rich in protein and fiber and so tasty!
More Easy Healthy Recipes
I hope you enjoyed this collection of healthy one-pan dinner recipes and I hope you try some of them! If you need even more ideas, make sure to check out these easy and healthy recipes too:
- 35 Easy Mediterranean Recipes Anyone Can Make
- 20 Healthy Vegetarian Salads You’ll Love
- 30-Minute Healthy Soups To Warm You Up
Healthy One-Pan Dinners
Enjoy this collection of healthy one-pan dinner ideas that are quick, easy and involve minimal cleanup. From easy vegetarian dinner recipes to healthy one-pan meals with chicken or ground beef, you'll find everything you need in this list of fast healthy dinners.
- 1 pound / 400g chicken breast, boneless, skinless, chopped
- 1 cup chickpeas, canned rinsed and drained
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 scallions, thinly chopped
- 2 Tbsp chopped parsley
- 1 tsp crushed red pepper / chili flakes
- 1 tsp black pepper
- salt to taste
- Chop the chicken and saute it in a non-stick pan with the olive oil at medium-high heat, add the crushed red pepper and black pepper and a pinch of salt and stir until coated.
- Cover with a lid for 3-4 minutes or until the chicken isn't pink anymore.
- Add the chickpeas and keep stirring for another 3-4 minutes. Then add in the garlic and stir again for 1-2 minutes.
- Add the chopped scallion and stir again for another 2 minutes or until the chicken is done.
- Take the pan off the heat, sprinkle some lemon juice and thinly chopped parsley on top and enjoy!
You can find more details and the original recipe at Her Highness, Hungry Me.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 273Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 85mgSodium: 226mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 4gSugar: 2gProtein: 35g
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